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CNN Today

Plain States Brace Against Major Winter Snow Storm

Aired January 27, 2000 - 2:18 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Parts of the Southeast are still digging out from a major winter storm and guess what? Now another storm is gearing up in the plain states, bringing with it more snow, sleet and freezing rain. Parts of Arkansas already wearing a four- to five-inch-thick blanket of snow. Little Rock could receive 4-8 inches of snow today. Some schools and state offices are closed today in Oklahoma. By the time the day is over, Tulsa could be covered in 10- 15 inches of snow. The wintry weather is heading for Mississippi, Alabama, and then here to Georgia.

Those Southern states should be on alert based on the trouble it's causing in other areas.

Reporter Sean Brown from CNN Arkansas affiliate KHBS is across the border in Sallisaw, Oklahoma with a look at what the storm is doing there -- Sean.

SEAN BROWN, KHBS REPORTER: Well, Natalie, the snow continues to come down here as it has for about the past five or six hours.

Let's go ahead and show you about how much snow we've got now. If you look at the ruler we stuck -- of course this isn't an official measurement, but it's in about 4 1/2 inches.

Now, I know a lot of people out there may be think 4 1/2 inches isn't a whole lot, especially considering what got dumped on the East Coast this week. But when you look at the roads -- and you have to realize that this part of the country is not used to this kind of snow. In fact, we haven't seen a storm like this in years. The last snow we had in this area was three years ago.

So that is what you're looking at, is Interstate 40, and it's completely covered in snow. Many cars that drive by are almost running off the road because they can't see the road. It all is completely covered in snow.

Now, as you mentioned, a lot of things closing here in the eastern Oklahoma, western Arkansas area. Offices are closed, schools are closed, just about everything is closed. And when you saw traffic going by, it is slowly inching by.

This is I-40, if you look over again. It is the east-west route through this area, and traffic is inching along. As a matter of fact, I see a big convoy of cars coming around behind us right now. They are just inching along because the snow is continuing to come down, and it is causing major problems. In fact, we've been out here since 6:00 this morning and we just saw our first snowplow just moments ago. But if you look at that road, you can tell that it didn't do a whole lot of good.

So the snow continues to come down at a frantic pace, and they're saying it's going to keep coming down for quite a while.

For CNN, live from Sallisaw, Oklahoma, I'm Sean Brown.

ALLEN: All right, our hats off to Sean for standing out in it. I couldn't make out the interstate there at all, so I hope not many people are out there on the roads getting stuck in this stuff.

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